Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Library Directors. Salaries average out to around $58K annually and spread from $27K to $93K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Library Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. There are far more female Library Directors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,630 - $95,843
(Median)
$32K
$58K
$96K
MEDIAN: $58,448
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90%

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$9.63 - $28.18
(Median)
$9
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,630 - $95,843  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,713 - $93,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $28.18  
   
Overtime
$1.02 - $22.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,713 - $93,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Library Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cataloging. Most people experienced in Budget Management also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Library Directors. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Library Directors see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Library Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $66K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
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National Average
$53,000

Cataloging
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%